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Presented at Lyceum

By Michael Frayn
Running time: Approximately 2 hours 30 mins plus interval

Part of the The Michael Frayn Season

In 1941, at the height of the Second World War, two old friends meet for the last time. Niels Bohr, the leading quantum theorist of the time, half Jewish but remaining in occupied Copenhagen; Werner Heisenberg, a German and the former protégé of Bohr, working for his country on a new project. On opposing sides, these two men have the ability to change the course of history.

This Tony Award-winning play is an intriguing and powerful exploration of the uncertainty of the past and the inevitability of the future told through a story based on actual historic events.

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‘a thrilling dramatic workout for both the mind and heart’

‘This is a play that illustrates and celebrates the complexity and uncertainty of life’

‘a masterly production of a modern classic’

‘Henry Goodman…powerfully brings to life this fiercely intellectual yet engagingly good-hearted character’

‘Geoffrey Streatfeild is mesmerising’ 5 stars The Daily Telegraph


‘dramatic gold’

‘unmissable clarity and energy’

‘Henry Goodman can radiate volcanic energy even when sitting still and gives Bohr extreme fire and gentle sadness’ 5 stars The Times


‘three superb actors at the top of their game’

‘all credit to Sheffield’

a ‘masterly production’ from David Grindley

The Stage


‘a top-notch cast’

‘his [Geoffrey Streatfeild’s] Heisenberg is magnificently alive’ 4 stars The Financial Times


‘Henry Goodman as Bohr, Geoffrey Streatfeild as Heisenberg and Barbara Flynn as Bohr’s inquisitive wife, Margrethe, deliver Frayn’s text with exemplary clarity’ 4 stars The Guardian

—- 4 stars Yorkshire Post

The Cast

Barbara Flynn

Barbara Flynn


Henry Goodman

Henry Goodman

Niels Bohr

Geoffrey Streatfeild

Geoffrey Streatfeild

Werner Heisenberg


David Grindley


Jonathan Fensom


Jason Taylor

Lighting Designer

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer


The Lyceum plays host to a huge variety of touring productions every year, including large-scale musicals, drama, children’s shows, opera, ballet and contemporary dance.
With over 1000 seats, the Lyceum is a beautiful late 19th Century building located on Tudor Square, close to the Crucible Theatre.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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